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Redragon K552-RGB Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 30, 2020 at 07:49 am
Redragon K552-RGB Picture
Mixed usage
Connectivity Wired
TenKeyLess (80%)

The Redragon K552 is a decent mechanical gaming keyboard with clicky tactile switches. Its compact tenkeyless design is simple but functional, and its build quality can compete with keyboards twice its price. Unfortunately, the keyboard is pretty barebones when it comes to extra features, and the blue clicky switches may not be the best choice for quiet offices, but given its budget price, it's still a good option for those looking for a basic mechanical keyboard with admirable performance.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed usage

The Redragon K552 is a mediocre keyboard for mixed usage. While typing on this keyboard is light and comfortable, the audible clicks of the blue switches make it unsuitable for most office use. Its responsiveness is good enough for gaming or programming, but the lack of programmable keys and software support may be an issue for some.

  • Good build quality.
  • RGB backlight.
  • No app support for customization.
  • No onboard memory.
6.9 Gaming

The Redragon K552 is a decent gaming keyboard. The blue clicky switches are satisfying and responsive, but without software support, gamers won't be able to set macros or save profiles. The full RGB backlight is good for dark room gaming, just don't expect a full array of customization options.

3.0 Mobile/Tablet

The Redragon K552 can't be used with mobile devices.

6.7 Office

The Redragon K552 is an okay keyboard for office use. The keyboard feels light to type on and it's not fatiguing, but noise can be an issue if you work in a quiet office. Unfortunately, you may need to get a wrist rest due to the keyboard's tall profile, as it doesn't come with one. Thankfully, the keyboard has good compatibility with most desktop operating systems, though some keys may not work on macOS.

6.6 Programming

The Redragon K552 is an acceptable keyboard for programming. Most programmers will appreciate the light and clicky feel of the blue switches, as well as the keyboard's impressive build quality, but the absence of programmable keys can be a dealbreaker for some.

  • 6.6 Mixed usage
  • 6.9 Gaming
  • 3.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.7 Office
  • 6.6 Programming

Test Results

perceptual testing image
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 14.0" (35.5 cm)
Depth 4.8" (12.3 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

The Redragon K552 is a tenkeyless keyboard and has a fairly small footprint. There is no full-size variant of this keyboard.

Build Quality

The Redragon K552 has a great build quality. It's a mix of hard plastic and metal, and the keyboard feels heavy and robust, with no signs of flex. The keycaps are double-shot ABS and the keys are stable, but the spacebar has a slight wobble to it.

Board Design
Incline Settings
Wrist Rest No

The Redragon K552 has passable ergonomics. It has one incline setting and the keyboard has a fairly tall profile, which may require a wrist rest for optimal comfort; however, it doesn't come with one.

Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Individually Backlit Keys

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting unlike the near identical AUKEY KM-G9. However, since there's no official software support at this time, customization is done on the keyboard itself. You can cycle through 18 lighting effects by holding the 'FN' key and pressing Insert, Home, PageUp, PageDown, End, or Delete. Each of those keys have three presets that you can cycle through by pressing the desired key repeatedly.

You can also individually customize each key by pressing the 'FN' key and the tilde (`) key, which will enable the keyboard's 'customization mode'. From here on, you can cycle through different colors by pressing 'FN' and the right arrow key. When you get to the desired color, press the key that you want to assign the color to, and then press 'FN' and the tilde key again to exit the customization mode.

Cycling through presets won't delete your custom settings; you can press 'FN' and the tilde (`) key again to return to it.

Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

The cable is rubberized and feels strong, but it's not detachable.

Wireless Versatility
Proprietary Receiver
Multi-Device Pairing
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard.

Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Extra Controls
USB Passthrough
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock

This keyboard has very few features available. There are hotkeys for media control and a Windows key lock hotkey to prevent accidentally minimizing your game.

In The Box

  • Redragon K552-RGB keyboard
  • Keycap remover
  • User guide
  • Sticker

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Key Switches
Outemu Blue
Actuation Force
49.5 gf
1.99 mm
Total Travel
3.69 mm

The Redragon K552 uses clicky switches that are similar to Cherry MX Blues. The actuation force is very low, so it doesn't require much force to press the key. These blue switches provide tactile feedback as well as an audible click when a keypress has been registered.

Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing quality is decent. While the click of the tactile feedback feels satisfying, it feels a little out of place, as the click doesn't quite line up with the actuation. It isn't unpleasant, but enthusiasts of Cherry MX Blues may find it a bit odd. That said, the typing experience remains light and shouldn't be fatiguing over time. The keycaps feel nice to the touch and are very stable, though the spacebar has a slight wobble.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise

Typing noise on this keyboard is fairly loud and may not be suitable for use in a noise-sensitive environment.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Software No Software
Account Required
No Software
No Profile
Onboard Memory
Cloud Sync
Backlight Programming
Macro Programming
Software Windows Compatible
Software macOS Compatible

The Redragon K552 doesn't have a customization software. The backlight can be customized using hotkeys. There are 18 lighting effects to choose from, and you can also customize each key individually, though the keyboard can only hold one custom profile.

Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard has good compatibility with most desktop operating systems. All keys and features work on Windows and Linux, but Scroll Lock, Pause, and some of the hotkeys don't work on macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Redragon K552-RGB, but there are 8 variants of this keyboard in various colors and backlight. With the exception of backlight customization, most of our results are applicable to the other variants as well.

Model Color Backlight
Redragon K552-RGB Black RGB
Redragon K552 Black Red
Redragon K552-R Black RGB Rainbow
Redragon K552-N Black None
Redragon K552W-RGB White RGB
Redragon K552W White Red
Redragon K552W-R White RGB Rainbow
Redragon K552W-N White None

Compared To Other Keyboards

When comparing the Redragon K552 to other keyboards on the market, it feels rather bare-bones. Although it has a great build quality, it doesn't have programmable keys and backlight customization is limited. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

The Redragon K552-RGB is a bit better than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. They're practically identical in build quality and features, but the Redragon has full RGB backlighting and has more customization options than the HyperX. The only other difference is that the HyperX offers a Cherry MX Red variant, while the Redragon only has clicky mechanical switches.

SteelSeries Apex 3

The SteelSeries Apex 3 is significantly better than the Redragon K552-RGB in most uses, though the K552 is mechanical, while the Apex 3 uses rubber dome. They both have a great build quality, but the Apex 3 is more comfortable to type on, as it has a lower profile and comes with a wrist rest. The K552 feels more responsive for gaming, but it also makes a lot more noise and you can't program any macros. The Apex 3 has software support for customization; however, the K552 has individually-lit RGB backlight, even though the customization can be somewhat complicated, as it needs to be done on the keyboard itself.

AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard

The Redragon K552-RGB is almost identical to the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard, although it's slightly better as it features full RGB lighting, while the AUKEY doesn't have any backlight. Other than that, these two keyboards are pretty much the same.

HyperX Alloy Core RGB

The Redragon K552-RGB is a much better keyboard than the HyperX Alloy Core RGB. The K552 has mechanical switches that provide a better typing experience, though the clicky switches may be bothersome for some. The K552 has a significantly better build quality and its RGB backlighting has more customization options; however, it may not be the best choice if you like having a NumPad, as the K552 is a tenkeyless keyboard.

Vortex Race 3

If you're looking for a compact mechanical gaming keyboard, then the Vortex Race 3 might be a better option than the Redragon K552-RGB. Even if the Race 3 doesn't have RGB - although a variant with it exists - the board is noticeably better-built and you can record macros directly on the board, which you can't do with the Redragon. Also, the Redragon K552 is only available in Blue clicky switches, while the Vortex can come in a lot of different Cherry MX Switches.

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